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Update on Deferred Action for DREAMers

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas shared additional details on the June 15th Deferred Action policy memorandum on a Stakeholder Teleconference.  All the new details can be found on the USCIS website at:  Under this new administration policy, DHS will be able to grant deferred action to certain qualifying young people, often known as DREAMers, who have fulfilled age, residency, and educational or military requirements.

Legal Director - Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Oakland, CA

Growing Practice of Catholic Charities of the East Bay Seeks Legal Director: CCEB seeks a visionary, responsible, and compassionate BIA rep or JD, with excellent communication skills in both Spanish and English, who demonstrates a passion for immigrant rights issues and has non-profit experience to fill the role of Legal Services Director. This position includes oversight of the services at the Oakland, Richmond, and Concord offices, as well as future expansions.  Direct all responses to

Upcoming Trainings

See the 2012 Training Schedule at our website: under the Trainings tab.

BIA Rules on Municipal Ordinances and Drug Trafficking Aggravated Felonies

By Sarah Bronstein In a recent decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the court revisited the issue of what constitutes a conviction for immigration purposes.  The court also looked at the circumstances under which a conviction relating to possession of a controlled substance can trigger the drug trafficking aggravated felony ground of deportability.   Matter of Cuellar-Gomez, 25 I&N Dec. 850 (BIA 2012).

Update from the National Visa Center

By Kristina Karpinski Last month CLINIC held its annual visit to the National Visa Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  During the visit, NVC Director Kimberly Kelly and staff gave participants a tour of the facility and held an informative question and answer session.  Summarized below is information obtained during the visit. Electronic Processing Program